Interterm Course Descriptions
IE 104 A – Amsterdam and the Netherlands
Watson (Travel Interterm) 3 credit hours
Amsterdam is a hub of European culture, history, and art. During this international travel opportunity an emphasis will be placed on historical, artistic, and cultural experiences. Scheduled highlights include an orientation cruise on the Amsterdam canal system, visits to the Anne Frank House and Museum, The Rijksmuseum (The Netherlands' national art museum), the Van Gogh Museum, and excursions to Rotterdam, Delft, and The Hague.
Fee: Contact the instructor
Prerequisite: Instructor strongly recommends students obtain at least one guidebook about Amsterdam and The Netherlands
IE105 A – From Athens to the Black Sea
Knappe (Travel Interterm) 3 credit hours
The ancient Greeks worshipped at the foot of Mt. Olympus and in temples dedicated to gods and goddesses whose stories are deemed myths today. Whereas, contemporary Greek citizens overwhelmingly proclaim affiliation with the Greek Orthodox Christian faith that largely took shape in Constantinople. The Greek city of Byzantium became Constantinople under Romans who worshipped the same pantheon of deities as the Greeks, but the city later served as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, a Christian empire of great power. In the 15th century, Constantinople became Istanbul, a prominent Muslim city (it is the third largest city in the world today with over 14 million inhabitants). This is certainly a region in which 2,500 years of art, history, and religion have created a complex amalgamation of cultures. As we visit Greece and Turkey, we will pay special attention to the interweaving cultures that have worshipped Zeus, Jesus, and Mohammad. We will also explore the changes and upheavals that have shaped the ancient, medieval, and contemporary societies in this region.
Fee: Contact the instructor
IE 107 A – New York City: The History of the "Capital of the World"
Green (Travel Interterm) 3 credit hours
New York City is one of the most exciting cities in the world, a hub of the national and world economy and the nation's cultural life, with a history dating back to the early 1600s and reflecting the social, political, economic, and cultural evolution of the country. Through academic work and experiential activities, students will engage in an in-depth examination of all aspects of the history of the city, from its beginnings in 1609 as the trading post New Amsterdam to the completion of the spire on top of the Freedom Tower in 2014. Through readings, research, and site visits during the eight-day trip, students will learn about the history, institutions, politics, culture, public policy, immigration issues, race relations, economic life, and arts that have shaped New York City and rippled throughout the nation.
Fee: Contact the instructor
IE 111 A – Personal Finance
Harris 2 credit hours
This course is intended to give an overview of a number of topics that are of importance in taking care of your personal financial situation now and in the years to come. It is hoped that the information provided will help enable you to make informed choices related to saving, spending, borrowing and investing. These decisions will be the foundation of your long-term financial security.
Textbook: The Wall Street Journal Guide to Personal Finance – 4th edition
Morris, Kenneth M. and Virginia B. Fireside Publishing
IE 117 A – Geocaching: Modern Day Treasure Hunt
Holt 2 credit hours
Course will provide students with an introduction to the sport of geocaching and get them writing and thinking about their experiences. Geocaching is a fun and innovative way to discover the world from various perspectives, in which students will discover a lifelong learning and wellness activity and outdoor, GPS-enabled scavenger hunt. We will learn about different types of geocaches and how geocaching can enhance our physical and mental fitness. We will learn how geocaching can help us explore a new location or discover the history about an area.
Textbook: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Geocaching, 3e. ALPHA Publishers. ISBN-13: 978-1615641949
Other Materials: A GPS device or the geocaching application (free) on a GPS-enabled smartphone is recommended.
IE 119 A – The Baseball Novel and Spirituality
Stangler 2 credit hours
This course will examine spirituality—and particularly crises of faith—through the framework of three novels about baseball. In addition, we will examine key texts from existential philosophy that deal with similar questions of faith and human purpose. The goal of the class is to use America's national pastime as a lens for an examination of America's national faith: optimism. The class will address the largest questions—what is our obligation to others? what is the purpose of human life? what are the boundaries between human endeavors and the spiritual or religious realm?—while forming a new understanding of a seemingly simple game.
The Natural by Bernard Malamud
The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
The Brothers K by David James Duncan
IE 124 A – The Cinema of Latin America and Spain
Lisenby 2 credit hours
Students in this course will gain exposure to a wide range of cultural and socio-political topics from Latin America and Spain by studying a selection of representative films. Moreover, by learning to "read" films in their social contexts and in connection with one another, students will develop critical thinking skills essential to academic success in any area of study. Class discussions, activities, and assignments will focus on the films; however, coursework will also encourage students to investigate their personal reactions to the films under study and to make broader connections to how the issues raised in the films come up in many socio-cultural contexts, including in the U.S.
Required material: Netflix subscription
IE 126 A – History of Cuban Music
Cabrera 2 credit hours
This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the history of Cuban music. It is a general survey course on the folk, popular, and art music of Cuba. It will examine the diversity of Cuban music from historical, sociological, philosophical and ritual angles, as well as the musical contents of the music styles discussed throughout the course. No musical background is required, only an interest to learn more about Cuban music.
Required Text: Roy, Maya. Cuban Music. New Jersey: Markus Wiener Publishers, 2002.
IE140 A – General Therapeutic Modalities
Bott 2 credit hours
This course is a comprehensive study of the art and science associated with the use of therapeutic modalities during rehabilitation. Therapeutic Modalities will analyze the why, the relationship to therapeutic exercise, the rationale for modality usage, and the science behind each modality. Students will learn the modalities associated with electrotherapy, therapeutic heat and cold, ultrasound, massage, traction, and laser and light therapy. Students will apply critical thinking when it comes to modality usage associated with acute and chronic orthopedic injuries.
Textbook: Knight, Kenneth L. and Draper, David O. (2008) Therapeutic Modalities, The Art and Science. (1st Edition) Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Baltimore
IE 147 A – Stress Management
Payne 2 credit hours
This course is designed for the student to develop a comprehensive, effective understanding of the field of stress management. This understanding will involve the investigation into the nature of stress, cognitive and emotional aspects, coping strategies and relaxation techniques. Students will be encouraged to apply course material to their lives so as to enhance the learning of the material and understand the practical nature of stress management.
IE 156 A – Introduction to Board Games
Hays 1 credit hours
In this course students will learn and play several types of board games. Most of the focus will be on historical board games, but other types of games including modern European board games and fantasy-themed games will be included. Most of the games we will play will simulate historical events. Board gaming allows players to alter historical events while being constrained by the historical situation.
IE 160 A – Education in Action: Secondary
IE 161 A – Education in Action: Elementary
IE 162 A – Education in Action: Special Education
Foil 3 credit hours
Education in Action, a field experience practicum, gives prospective teachers the opportunity to gain invaluable experience working in a school setting. Students may choose either a public school or an approved private school. During the course of the interterm, students will be expected to progress from a classroom observer to a functioning teacher's aide. All teacher candidates are strongly encouraged to take a field experience interterm.
Fee: Students will be responsible for transportation to practicum site.
Note: Students must preenroll during the regular two-week enrollment period.
(NO LATE ENROLLMENT DUE TO PLACEMENT REQUIREMENTS)
Prerequisite: ED 100
IE 169 A – Food and Fellowship
Wintermantel 1 credit hours
The course will provide students with the opportunity to cultivate the dying practice of preparing a meal from scratch, inviting friends over and having some fellowship time. In addition to conversation, students will be involved in two book studies and one movie review, with the dual theme of risk-taking and getting inspired to develop your faith and make a difference
Required Texts: Ortberg, John, If You Want to Walk on Water You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.
IE171 A – Yucatan Adventure
Ortiz (Travel Interterm) 3 credit hours
This course surveys the history of Mexico's first peoples and reflects on the Maya of today. The course will offer various interpretations of the themes and developments in Ancient Mexican history. Meaningful student participation that encourages critical thinking strategies will help us individually and as groups as we determine how and why people lived. This course will require that students also understand how the delicate ecosystems work in this area by learning from guides who will take them through jungle areas. Students will have an opportunity to explore ancient Maya communities as well as interact with today's Maya people in their villages.
Fee: Contact the instructor
IS 102 A – Reel Politics: America Goes to the Movies
Posler 3 credit hours
Hollywood has provided a lens through which we see ourselves—our political system is no different. What do these portrayals tell us about the way we govern ourselves? Our fears? Our hopes? Our conflicts? Our history? Our future? Using the medium of film, this course will help students learn to critically analyze and interpret American politics.
IS 126 A – Bowl Game Extravaganza: Sport Public Relations in Action
Christian (includes Travel Interterm opportunity) 3 credit hours
The course is designed to provide the student with in-depth analysis of public and media relations theories, strategies, and applications within the context of the sport industry. Throughout the course we will examine and apply the concepts of public relations, communications, corporate social responsibility, and media relations strategies to the problems of sport organizations.
Fee: Contact the instructor
IS 199 A – Diversity in Education: Elementary
IS 199 B – Diversity in Education: Elementary
Prosser 3 credit hours
Diversity in Education, a field experience in an urban school, gives prospective teachers the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a diverse school setting. Students will be assigned to a school in either Kansas City or Topeka. One on-campus class session will be held in Baldwin. Peer reflection will be an integral component of this interterm. During the course of this interterm, students will be expected to progress from a classroom observer to a functioning teacher's aide. In cooperation with the classroom teacher, candidates will plan and teach a minimum of one lesson.
Fee: Students will be responsible for transportation to practicum site, textbook
Prerequisite: ED100, ED243, ED244, ED320. Note: Conditional status and junior or senior status is recommended